Four Years

January 27th 2007 I ran away to Vegas with my best friend. A lot of people thought I was crazy but it was the best choice I ever made!

Viva Las Vegas Baby!


Aren’t we cute? In celebration of our four year anniversary I thought I’d share our story for those who may have not gotten all the details yet.

In the summer of 2004 I was in the Marine band at San Diego and Cameron was in the band at Camp Pendleton. Our two bands did a combined concert together. During a break a friend of mine that was also a friend of his said “hey you’re both Mormon”. We both had the so what look on our face politely said hi then went on with our lives. My thought process was something like “ummm so what?” and Cam’s was like “cute but married, moving on”.

Fast forward two years. I was going through my divorce and in Iraq. Needless to say I wasn’t exactly the most cheerful person on the planet. My roommate decided that in order to cheer me up she was going to put my photo on the website HotorNot was THE site to look at when you were bored out of your mind in Iraq. Cameron, also in Iraq on a different base, just happened to be perusing that site one day and typed in the terms Mormon and California. My picture popped up and he instantly messaged me saying “hey don’t I know you from somewhere?” We figured out that we had indeed met two years previously and began chatting with each other. Unbeknownst to him I knew a guy he was currently working with from my days on 29 Palms and e-mailed him to see if Cameron was safe to talk to. He told me he was crazy but it was a cool kind of crazy.

Once we returned to the states and my divorce was finalized we started to “hang out”. From Cameron’s perspective I was his girlfriend. From my perspective we were just dating and I was seeing other guys, even though there were no other guys. I was just a big chicken lol. Well one day in Early December Cameron decided he had had enough. He said “I love oyu and I know you love me even though you won’t admit it!” He went on to say that our current situation wasn’t working for him so he needed a break. We didn’t talk for a week. I finally realized jut how much I loved and needed him once he was gone. A week later when he finally called me I was more than ready to be committed if it meant I wasn’t going to lose him!

On January 17th, after returnign from a trip to see his family, Cameron proposed and I said yes. We were plannign the wedding for that summer and got a crazy itch that said “Do it now!” So we ran of to Vegas on the 27th. 1 year later we were sealed for time and all eternity in the San Diego Temple.

Sealing Day: Feb 2nd 2008

I am so blessed to have spent 4 years with my best friend. I love this guy more than I ever felt possible. We’ve had our rocky patches but we’ve pulled through and gotten even closer because of them. I love you Cameron and I can’t wait to spend the rest of eternity with you!

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Stop Growing!

It just amazes me how fast these little boogers grow. So just for fun here’s some comparison photo’s from now and 1 year ago.

Maddy Jan 2010

Maddy Jan 2011
Ben Jan 2010
Benny Jan 2011
Leah Feb 2010
Leah Jan 2011

I love these guys!

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When I walked out of the bedroom this morning the walls in my living room were pink. I was slightly confused for a moment. Hey I was barely awake! Then I looked out the window and saw this:

Isn't God an amazing artist?

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The Plan of Salvation

On Thursday morning I received a text message from my mom saying to call her it was urgent. When I called my brother told me that my uncle Matt had passed away unexpectedly. Matt is my dad’s youngest sibling. He was only 48. He leaves behind a wife and 4 kids. Uncle Matt was always one of my favorite relatives. He was kind, funny, and you could just tell that he loved you. I know that many of my cousins also really looked up to him.

Three brothers singing at my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary L to R Uncle Matt, my dad Carl, Uncle Paul

Right now I am so incredibly greatful for the knowledge I have of the plan of Salvation. I know that this is not goodbye but merely see you later. I know that my uncle Matt is watching us. I know that we will miss him greatly, but I also know that we will see him again. I don’t know how our family would hold on without that knowledge. Thanks mom and dad for teaching me about the gospel and giving me something to hold on to right now.

If you’d like to understand more about my beliefs on the afterlife click here.

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Too Many Movies

Maddy has an amazing memory. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given who her parents are. She has her favorite books that she can “read” to me. She can’t actually read the words but she can recite the entire story to me and even turn the page in the right place. She also likes to recite her favorite movies. Lately that’s been an animated version of A Little Princess, a non-disney version of Pocahontas, and of course Dora the Explorer. All of her movie recitations have made me realize something. I think she watches too many of them.

I don’t think that lots of TV and movies is good for kids (I’m sure my mom would be happy to hear that considering how much I complained at the limited TV watching growing up!). I want my kids to love reading and learn to use their own imaginations. I want them to be creative and be able to entertain themselves by creating their own little fantasy world of play or their own new games. Too often though I find myself turning on a movie and letting the kiddletts veg out in front of it.

I have come to realize that there are two huge reasons my kids watch too many movies. 1) they are LOUD. I have never been a fan of loud noise. I hate loud places and I like my radio to be at about half the volume of most people. Loud noise makes my head hurt. When two little toddlers get playing together it often involves a lot of running and chasing and screaming and yelling. Of course there is always the all present whining and crying because they do not know how to share. When the noise is just getting to be too much the easiest thing to do is turn on a movie. They sit still and sit quietly and mommy can enjoy some peace and quiet. 2) I have no idea what else to do with them. We read stories and sing songs, but I really don’t know what else to do with my monkeys. You can only read and sing for so long before the toddlers are off making noise and messes again. We hardly ever leave the house because packing them up, supervising, then forcing them back into the car when they don’t want to go home is way more stress than it is worth most days. I can’t let them play outside by themselves because Benny always makes a beeline for the road and we don’t have a fence. It’s been too cold lately for me to keep Leah outside therefore everyone stays inside. I have no idea what kind of games you can play with a 1 and 2 year old, except the noisy ones.

So help me out people. What can we do instead of watching a movie? Any tips to make getting out of the house easier and more fun? Should I just invest in a good pair of earplugs and call it good?

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Hilarious Advice

I read someting today in an online forum that totall cracked me up. A woman said an older female relative of hers bought her a nighty for wedding present. It was a very matronly nighty. The woman was told that “it would be wrong to start a marriage out with immodesty”. I almost died laughing. I’m sorry but I think every good marriage ought to start out with quite a bit of immodesty. So I’d like you to share what is the wackiest advice you have ever gotten?

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